In 2018, Deen Sharp (PhD in Earth & Environmental Sciences, 2018) has achieved several professional milestones. In July, he published his first peer-reviewed academic journal in Progress in Human Geography on the relationship between geography and area studies. On September 4, he successfully defended his PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography) at the Graduate Center on the joint-stock corporation and urban development in the Eastern Mediterranean (see here). Three days after his defense, Deen left New York for Cambridge (MA) to start in his position as a postdoctoral fellow at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT. In October, he delivered his Aga Khan lecturer as part of his fellowship entitled “Lebanon and the fog of reconstruction.” Since then, Deen has traveled to Qatar to participate in a working group on informal politics in the Middle East and present his paper on ‘ashwa’iy (haphazard) urbanism, which was then followed by a trip to Texas for the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). At MESA Deen participated in a panel and organized a roundtable on the “global Middle East” and also got to celebrate the launch of the MERIP issue on the city that he wrote the introduction for: “The Urbanization of Power and the Struggle for the City”.
2019, Deen will be equally busy. At the start of the year his Terreform co-edited volume Open Gaza will be in print. On April 8, he has organized a panel at MIT featuring the artist Julie Mehretu alongside the scholar miriam cooke. He is currently organizing the conference, “Reconstruction as Violence: the case of Aleppo” for May 2019. In between those events, he will participate in a conference at George Washington University on “Infrastructures of power in the Middle East.” Deen will also be working to transform his dissertation into a book that he intends to complete by 2019 and to finish two chapters for edited volumes.